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Journalist-turned-director Mstyslav Chernov`s `20 Days in Mariupol` bagged Best Documentary award at the 77th edition of BAFTA awards.

`20 Days In Mariupol` marks Chernov`s documentary feature debut. The project offers a first-person account of the 20 days he and his AP colleagues Maloletka and Stepanenko spent documenting Russia`s invasion of Mariupol, Ukraine, Variety reported.

Ukrainian photojournalist Mstyslav Chernov, US film and documentary producer Raney Aronson Rath and US film and documentary producer Michelle Mizner pose with the award for Best documentary for “20 days in Mariupol” during the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centrer, in London. Pic/AFP

In his acceptance speech, Chernov said,” This is not about us…this is about the people of Ukraine. Thank you for empowering our voice…Let`s keep fighting. Thank you.”

The documentary captures shocking images of Russian troops targeting civilians, killing children, the elderly, and thousands of others. Among the atrocities was the Russian bombing of a maternity hospital.

The film also shows the challenges Chernov faced trying to upload the footage he and his colleagues were taking. Sometimes he could use a satellite phone; other times Ukrainian military officials would guide him to one of the few places in Mariupol still with an internet connection. 

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